The iconic images of man's first steps onto the moon were taken with a camera unlike any that had ever existed before. It had to meet previously unimaginable environmental, weight and bandwith challenges. And it had to be built using nineteen-sixties analog technology!
Producer David SicaProduction Company Early Television FoundationAudio/Visual sound, colorLanguage U.S. EnglishContact Information www.earlytelevision.org
The Apollo 11 moon camera was the result of the dedication of a group of Westinghouse engineers. Stanley Lebar led that group.
In 2009, during the course of a tour of the Early Television Museum, Mr. Lebar offered some unique behind-the-scenes perspectives of that great achievement.
Stan and his wife were offered a personal tour of the Museum. At the end of the tour, Stan offered some personal reminiscences about the moon cameras. We're grateful for this "behind the scenes" look from one of the folks who brought us the single most memorable television broadcast of all time.
July 31, 2010
I designed the color synchronization switch
I first saw the Stan Lebar video about a year ago
It was extremely interesting. I worked at the same Westinghouse Division as Stan Lebar but I was in the Radar Control Systems Group. I designed a last minute color sync swtich circuit to synch the color wheel signals. I think all the video engineers were busy with last minute plans. It interfaced to the color coverter at Huston. That switch is mentioned by Stan at about the 50:35 mark on the video. In the video, Stan promised a DVD of unconverted color video to a technician named Cliff at about the 48:00 mark. I wonder if I could get a copy of it and possibly a copy of the converted video. I wonder what type of sync switch was used ? I could send a copy of mine for comparison.
I just found out that Stan has passed away and am very saddened. Dwight Stevem-Boniecki has dedicated his book "Live TV from the Moon" to Stan who helped him with info in writing the book. My circuit is mentioned in the book together with diagrams.
I just ordered the book myself from Amazon so I don't know all the details. It would probably be a nice addition to your archives.
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